Capture Subjects in a Sketchbook

Leonardo da Vinci, one of history’s most diverse geniuses, had several sketchbooks during his lifetime that he filled with hundreds of pages of drawings and writings.

Today’s artists still use sketchbooks to capture their unique interpretations of the world around them. Sketching on a regular basis documents the progression of your drawing skills and also serves as a personal journal. You can create a sketch once a week, once a day, or several times a day.

If nature or humans have placed an object in a position that you don’t like, simply draw it in a different place or remove it entirely. For example, a beautiful scene may have a telephone pole right in front of your line of vision. You can’t chop down the pole, so you need to visualize and then sketch the scene without the pole.

This lesson is free until July 1.


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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